This 1994 Quentin Tarantino film made the hyperactive young director a household name and sent shockwaves through Hollywood that are still being felt. Tarantino's pop-culture-laden, ultra-stylized dialogue and comedic/horrific scenarios were a breath of fresh air for filmgoers looking for kinetic, hyperactive entertainment in "independent" cinema. Though many found the film to be overrated, there are few cineastes who have not seen the film and formed a strong opinion about it one way or another. Oh, but what the film hath wrought, as pale, obnoxious imitation after pale, obnoxious imitation continues to trot itself out on the direct-to-DVD market. If you haven't seen this quintessentially postmodern American film on the big screen, now's your chance.
Wed., March 12, 7:30 p.m., 2008